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HSCDSB seeing results improve

Thursday, September 13, 2012   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board has shown significant improvements since Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing was implemented in 2002.

The board announced at their first committee meeting on Wednesday night that results at both the primary (grade three) and junior (grade six) level have gone up in all categories.

At the primary level, writing results are up 27 percent while also seeing scores up by 15 per cent in reading and 11 percent in mathematics.

Reading results at the junior level are up 27 per cent while writing has seen a 21 percent increase and mathematics increased nine per cent, all since 2002.

“The tremendous gains are great indicators that our efforts to improve student achievement in these key learning areas have been successful.

We will continue to implement precise interventions in an effort to remain at or above provincial standards,” said Superintendent of Education Maria Esposito in a release.

In the most recent testing by the board, done in the spring, 76 percent of students at the primary level met the provincial standard in writing, while 62 per cent of students met the provincial standards in reading and mathematics.

The junior level saw 78 percent of students meet the provincial standards in reading while 71 percent met the standards in writing and 52 percent in mathematics.

In comparison, the junior test results, when compared with the same groups of students results in grade three, saw an increase of 18 percent in reading scores as well as a seven per cent increase in writing scores.

Mathematics scores saw a decline of 16 percent over the three year span.

Esposito noted in a statement that the board is analysing the results to “determine our course of action to continue to improve the performance of our students.”

Each year, students in grades three, six, nine and 10 across the province participate in EQAO testing, which is then used to determine the students strong areas along with areas that require support and a possible plan for improvement.

The board also officially unveiled the new Cross of Unity on Wednesday night.

The cross, handcrafted by former board trustee Gerald Beerkens out of wood from species native to Northern Ontario, will make its way throughout schools in the board as well as other board offices in the area.

The idea was brought forth by trustee John Caputo, who came across a similar idea while visiting a school in Ottawa during the 2011-12 school year.

The idea was brought forth to the board and ultimately passed near the end of the school year.

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KFM 9/13/2012 8:22:39 AM Report

Why have the higher level test scores dropped? When you are forced to teach to a test with very little practical application, guess what, later on it bites back. Just ask colleges and universities about that.
EQAO, another hugh waste of tax payers money. It should be shut down and the high stakes testing eliminated. The models in the U.S that this testing system is modeled after have failed and hurt the education systems that they were fixing. Right! Waste of time and money!
howie 9/13/2012 8:28:01 AM Report

Not to forget no more Breakfast Program at St. Mary's High School.The chopped that position as well as the Student Support Workers Too
stinky 9/13/2012 8:39:17 AM Report

A bunch of peacocks.

They give these results and brag... ??

Let's call a spade a spade. The students are primped and preened and they practice and practice for these tests.

A TRUE evaluation can be made if the tests were administered as a pop quiz.

Make no mistake, these results are NO indication of the quality of the teaching or that the administration is doing their job.

What a crock.
Mrs. Soo 9/13/2012 8:45:26 AM Report

Hmmmm spend monies on wooden crosses. But dont worry about the Mental Health issues that are rising.The fact that our kids are knocking on doors for help and no one is answering because we have no $$$$$$
stinky 9/13/2012 9:03:12 AM Report

True dat... Mrs. Soo !!
KFM 9/13/2012 9:15:05 AM Report

The biggest farce to the testing is the pass or don't graduate english test in grade 10. Lets center out the boarder line kids who fail the first time, have to write it again with the grade 10's the next year and if needed take a class in grade 12 that counts as this test. Talk about putting a burden on kids who struggle.
stinky 9/13/2012 9:28:45 AM Report

And I think the common sense got lost somewhere between need to teach properly and the bonuses etc. that the upper end of the food chain enjoy.

They talk out both sides of their mouths.
speed7 9/13/2012 9:56:40 AM Report

Overall there was improvement but yes the testing is a waiste of money, Like I mentioned before? And some other smart mouthes (not anyone here )came in and said that their child does not retain the information gained over the course of the summer. Demanding that teachers at the bottom of the food chain, work all year round. Did those ass hats expect a teacher or a baby sitter? Cant have both.

It is the beurocrates that talk on both sides or their mouthes maybe, but not teachers and they are far from the uppper food chain in salary. Their is a big difference!
cooker_eh 9/13/2012 10:12:25 AM Report

Darn teachers! They should all be fired...ya...and we can all do a much better job home schooling our kids...ya...and while we're at let's get rid of everyone in govt since they are the cause of all of our problems...YA YA! Criticizing without a viable solution is just bitching and whining.
speed7 9/13/2012 11:45:05 AM Report

Darn Parents Ya! Wishful thinking. Like You really would turn down sending your kids to school to teach yourself? I would like to see that happen? Ya!Ya!
stinky 9/13/2012 11:50:51 AM Report

Bitching and whining is all that goes on here.

As for the teachers, EQAO and their "look what a great job we have done...", I think it's a pile of nonsense.

Just sayin'.

KFM 9/13/2012 1:20:07 PM Report

Stinky, it is not the teachers saying what a great job it is the EQAO playing with numbers as they want to justify thier jobs! The EQAO is a government paid for body. They send out the results as they wish. Watch in 2 years these scorse will be to high so bang, test scores will drop!
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